What is a Bump Stock?

Trump administration expected to announce gun bump stock ban

The Trump administration is expected in the coming days to announce a federal ban on bump stocks, devices that can make semi-automatic firearms fire at a rate similar to automatic weapons, according to multiple reports.

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The ban is expected to come after the Justice Department earlier this year proposed a rule to classify bump stocks and similar devices as prohibited under federal law, as they allow the “shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger,” like banned machine guns, CNN reported, citing unidentified U.S. officials.

>> Justice Dept. announces proposal to ban bump stocks ahead of anti-gun rally in DC

"Bump stocks turn semiautomatic guns into illegal machine guns,” an unidentified senior Justice Department official told CNN on Wednesday. “This final rule sends a clear message: Illegal guns have no place in a law-and-order society, and we will continue to vigorously enforce the law to keep these illegal weapons off the street.”

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President Donald Trump said as recently as last month that a ban on bump stocks was forthcoming, The New York Times reported.

“We’re knocking out bump stocks,” Trump said during an Oct. 1 press conference. “I’ve told the NRA. I’ve told them: Bump stocks are gone.”

>> NRA calls for regulation of 'bump stocks' after Las Vegas massacre

The Justice Department opened a review of the devices in the wake of the 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas that left nearly 60 people dead. Authorities said a gunman had bump stocks equipped to several weapons on Oct. 1, 2017, when he fired on festivalgoers.

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